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Poster: Granola Pilgrim Date: Jan 26, 2011 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

I came late to the party. My 1st show was 5/26/93. Do I get a door prize for being the last person to see my 1st show?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 26, 2011 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

I wonder if there are any people who saw them *only* in 1995 and yet love them.

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Jan 26, 2011 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

I saw a bunch of Jerry shows starting in 91 but didn't see my first Dead show till Highgate 95 then the first night in Albany a week later. I started out more a Jerry fan and really liked his sound. The double disc Jerry Garcia Band release had alot to do with it. I hated Touch of Grey at the time and didn't like what I heard from the later time period. I know I had Two from the Vault when it first came out, American Beauty & Workingmans also used to tape the Dead hour so I was fan, started to trade tapes in 92 or 93.
Highgate was a OK time, traffic jam, gates comin down, to many people, sound was not very good.
A week later I had floor seats for the Knick. It was a total different experience for me that kind of contained energy was amazing. Can still remember the songs, Guitar issues music coming through in waves etc.... (I would hate to see what Cliff would give this show for a rating but I was floored. First set was only 50 minutes). Would have probably gone the second night but had Phish tickets for Finger Lakes. Still love the Dew from this show. I think Jerry pours alot into it.
Funny thing my friend and I got dropped off for this show and pulled an all nighter we ended up catching a bus the next morning home then driving to see Phish. So this may be my bus show where I went from a fan to something a little more or it may have happened at my first Jerry show hard to say, Always loved the Jerry shows. If I had the flux capicator fixed things would have gone down different, Sorry for the extended rant.

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Poster: shakeitupnow Date: Jan 26, 2011 2:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

"A week later I had floor seats for the Knick. It was a total different experience for me that kind of contained energy was amazing."
The venue makes a huge difference -- I doubt there are many out there who would credit a stadium show with getting them on the bus.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 26, 2011 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

Shoreline Amph. was the largest venue at which I saw a show. I hated it and refused to go unless I had a ticket in the seats.....preferably the 100's. Cal Expo, I felt, was what an outdoor GD show was all about. Overall, I really enjoyed the Oakland Arena shows. Of course, I only got to see Jerry Garcia Band in places like the Warfield. Those shows were special.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 27, 2011 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

I thought Keystone, Berk., was great--did you see JG or Bob there? We esp enjoyed "our" one show there--ie, when the little DEAD cover band got an audition (they would let "rising" talent in for a free nite, call them back if they were good, etc...ahem, no, we didn't get that "callback"!). ~ 1975 or so.

We felt like we'd made the bigtime, rubbing shoulders with various folks in the bar area (mostly the older gals--we were all only 17 or so at the time).

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 26, 2011 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

Yup; in fact, they helped get me off the bus! Seriously.

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Poster: shakeitupnow Date: Jan 26, 2011 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

me too! The mind plays tricks though -- I got so tired of the scene that I remember my last dead as being at some huge stadium. But the truth is, it was the Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ - capacity 20,000 (8,000 reserved) --hardly a stadium.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 27, 2011 5:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

HA! I'd call that a stadium (well, not "it" exactly, but anything over 10K was too big for me), frankly.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 26, 2011 1:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

no the extended rants are enjoyable :)

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Poster: Granola Pilgrim Date: Jan 26, 2011 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

I only saw them in '93 and '94. 1st show with last great Playin' = A-ok. Last show with 1st Samba in the Rain = Ouch.

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Poster: dylan&theded Date: Jan 26, 2011 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

only saw them once in 95, love them

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jan 26, 2011 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the Winners Are ... '83 and Late 70s! (Forum Tally)

Yup that would be me, had been a fan for many years and that 4/29/71 show was "it" for me but because of college, working and maybe overall laziness is seeing concerts at that point in my life, my first show was not until June of 95. I wish I could say I got on the bus in 71 or 72 but I was not even alive until 72, so by the time the eighties were going on I was into heavy metal and that genre (still love it) but Spring of 1991 was when that tape was given to me and it instantly hooked me. I guess maybe some could say I was not a true head until I saw a show in 95 but I guess I would disagree with that! I think I go on the "bus" as a 19 yr old college student and never got off. Now I have my kids into the dead but I am sure that will change as they hit adolescence!

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